The politicization of medical preprints on Twitter during the early stages of COVID-19 pandemic
Keywords:social media, preprints, political communication, COVID-19
We examine the patterns of medical preprint sharing on Twitter during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our analysis demonstrates a stark increase in attention to medical preprints among the general public since the beginning of the pandemic. We also observe a political divide in medical preprint sharing patterns - a finding in line with previous observations regarding the politicisation of COVID-19-related discussions. In addition, we find that the increase in attention to preprints from the members of the general public coincided with the change in the social media-based discourse around preprints.
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Copyright (c) 2022 Aleksandra Urman, Stefania Ionescu, David Garcia, Anikó Hannák
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